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Windows 8 コンシューマー プレビュー 提供開始

Ittousai, @Ittousai_ej
2012年3月1日, 午前12:56 in Breaking News
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予告どおり、マイクロソフトがWindows 8 Consumer Preview のダウンロード提供を開始しました。昨年9月に公開された Developer Preview は開発プラットフォームをテストするためのリリースでしたが、今回のコンシューマープレビューは一般ユーザー向けの機能も揃ったベータ版にあたります。

違いは Metro スタイルアプリの揃ったWindows Store が利用できるようになったこと、マイクロソフトアカウント (LIVE ID) でログインするとPCの設定をローミングできるクラウドストレージや、Windows Phone との連携サービスが使えること、Internet Explorer Platform Preview 5 など。

Windows 8 Consumer Preview はリンク先マイクロソフトから、セットアッププログラムまたはISOイメージでダウンロードできます。ISOイメージのサイズは日本語版 64ビットが3.1GB、32ビットは2.3GB。詳しい動作要件とマイクロソフトの発表文は続きをどうぞ。Windows 8は次にRC(リリース候補版)をリリースしたあと、秋あるいは年内にも製品版が登場する見込みです。

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動作要件は:

  • プロセッサ: 1 GHz 以上
  • RAM: 1 GB (32 ビット) または 2 GB (64 ビット)
  • ハード ディスクの空き領域: 16 GB (32 ビット) または 20 GB (64 ビット)
  • グラフィック カード: Microsoft DirectX 9 以上のグラフィックス デバイス
タッチ機能を使う場合、当然ながらタブレットやタッチパネル搭載オールインワンなど対応のハードウェアが必要です。Windows Store の利用には要1024 x 768 以上の解像度とネット接続。また Metro スタイルUI の新機能である「スナップ」を使うためには、1366 x 768 以上が必要。スナップは左画面外からスワイプ動作のタスクスイッチを途中で止めることで、サイドバー的に二つのアプリを同時利用するインターフェース。


Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows 8 Consumer Preview

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview - the next milestone of the Windows operating system. This latest preview will be made available for download starting today at http://preview.windows.com. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers a more robust experience for testing the world's most popular operating system and is available to the widest range of people yet following the initial release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview late last year. The Developer Preview received more than 3 million downloads.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO)

"With Windows 8, we reimagined the different ways people interact with their PC and how to make everything feel like a natural extension of the device, whether using a Windows 8 tablet, laptop or all-in-one," said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft. "The Windows 8 Consumer Preview brings a no-compromises approach to using your PC."

At a Windows 8 Consumer Preview event in Barcelona that was attended by partners from Europe and around the world, the company shared some key new updates in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview:

Broad range of product changes and improvements. Since the Developer Preview in September, designed to preview the programming platform, Windows 8 has progressed across every dimension. From completing the user experience for touch, keyboard and mouse to refining the development platform, the Consumer Preview improves performance, quality and reliability across all subsystems. With the added features, it represents a more complete view of the capabilities of Windows 8.

Windows Store with new apps. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview marks the beta opening of the Windows Store, which is filled with a variety of new Metro style apps from both third-party developers and Microsoft. During the Consumer Preview, these apps are available to try and experience at no cost to users. The Windows Store will offer personalized recommendations, and Windows 8 gives users the ability to take their apps and settings with them across multiple PCs, making it easy to discover and try new apps while offering developers the greatest opportunity of any platform.

Connecting to the cloud across Windows-based PCs and Windows Phone. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview offers seamless integration with the content people care about across their devices. An optional additional sign-on with a Microsoft account provides access to a host of features, including the ability to roam all settings, use cloud storage, communicate with email, calendar and contacts, and connect to a broad range of services. Your connection to the cloud works across your Windows-based PCs and your Windows Phones.

Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 5. The best way to experience the Web on Windows is with Internet Explorer 10. The browser has been re-imagined to create a new experience designed specifically for Windows 8 devices. It provides an edge-to-edge user interface that is all about less browser and more Web. Fast and fluid, Internet Explorer is hardware-accelerated to enable Web performance.

Preview of new hardware capabilities. At the event, Microsoft also showcased Windows 8 running on a wide range of new x86- and ARM-based reference hardware. This hardware will be available to select developers for trial and testing as previously announced.

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be available worldwide for download in English, French, German, Japanese and simplified Chinese languages. More information about Windows 8 and how to download the Consumer Preview is available at http://preview.windows.com or http://windowsteamblog.com.

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